Apple's Galway centre will use more than Dublin's daily electricity supply

The tech firm has stressed its commitment to renewable energy...

Questions were raised over the impact Apple's planned data centre in Galway would have on the national grid at an oral hearing yesterday.

Representing one residents group, Oisin Collins said it would make Apple the largest private user of electricity in the State over the next 15 years.

He also voiced concerns that it would would use 300MW of power, which is 8% of the national capacity and more than the daily entire usage of Dublin city.

Over 100 people are attending the hearing on the proposed €850 million, 24,500 sq metre data centre outside Athenry, as Apple addresses local concerns and stresses its commitment to renewable energy.

According to the Irish Independent, climate change, energy usage, flooding fears and wildlife issues will all be addressed over the next number of days.

Rory Mulcahy SC for Apple Distribution said that while the US tech giant is committed to using renewable energy, it would still be connecting to the national grid as opposed to having any generating facilities on site.

Apple is claiming, however, that the centre will run on 100% renewable energy.

The centre was granted planning permission by Galway County Council; this has since been appealed by eight parties.